Instant Pot Bone Broth

Fast, easy, and nutritious bone broth

Course Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • whole roasted chicken picked clean of most of the meat
  • 1/4 cup white wine or 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 5 tsp sea salt
  • 1.5-2 quarts water just enough to cover bones + 2 inches
  • 1-2 sprigs fresh herbs optional


  1. Roast a whole chicken. Pick off most of the meat and use immediately or refrigerate and use within 3-4 days. Be sure to leave some bits of meat on the bones since they add flavor to your broth.

  2. To an Instant Pot, add all skin, cartilage, and connective tissues, as well as all of the bones. I recommend a 6-quart Instant Pot at a minimum. Break apart your roasted chicken carcass at the joints wherever possible to reveal the connective tissues. This will give your bone broth a better gel when it cools. You can choose to add the chicken drippings from roasting your chicken, but it’s not necessary.

  3. Arrange the chicken bones, skin, and tissues in an even layer in the Instant Pot. Add the remaining ingredients in an even layer, except the water. It’s important not to add too much water if you want to get a strong gel to your bone broth. Add water to 2” above the layer of bones. This should be about 1.5-2 quarts of water, depending on the size of the chicken.

  4. Next, add your wine or apple cider vinegar and let sit for 30 min if you want; there isn’t much evidence that this extracts more nutrients.

  5. Secure Instant Pot lid and vent and set on manual high pressure for  90 min. After 90 min., let the Instant Pot naturally release pressure for 10 min. Carefully release the remaining pressure. Alternatively, you can let it naturally release completely, which may take about 30 min.

  6. Strain finished bone broth through a fine mesh colander. Store for 1 week in the refrigerator or for up to 6 months in the freezer.

Recipe Notes


You can add vegetables and other aromatics to your bone broth if you want.

If you are going to use this as a sipping broth, scrape off the fat layer before taking a big gulp. You can save it and use it for cooking. Also, my favorite way to sip broth is to add some lemon juice after warming it up.

Hot tip:
Make your chicken bone broth on the stovetop following this recipe, except using a heavy pot with a lid. Bring to a boil over high heat, turn to low, cover & simmer for 8-10 hours.